Chemistry News

Newly discovered copper and graphite combo could lead to more efficient lithium-ion batteries

“Copper is a highly conductive material but susceptible to oxidation. Being able to successfully embed it just underneath the surface of graphite protects the copper, and suggests a number of potential applications, including battery technology,” said Research Assistant Ann Lii-Rosales.

Summer, 2018 Dean's High Impact Awards for Undergraduate Research

Department of Chemistry earned three Summer, 2018 Dean's High Impact Awards for Undergraduate Research. One went to Katelyn Baumler who is being mentored by Javier Vela, the second one was earned by Zachary Robole who will be guded by Brett VanVeller, and the third one went to Anthony Song who is in the lab of Jacob Petrich.

Undergraduate research is a high impact activity that will sharpen critical thinking skills and is a great credential when applying to professional or graduate school. In addition, it gives students valuable preparation that is recognized by employers. Congratulations on being selected for the highly competitive awards.

P&S Excellence Award

Congratulations to Trond Forre for receiving the P&S Excellence Award.

LAS Achievement in Interllectual Property Award

Congratulations to Wenyu Huang for receiving the LAS Achievement in Intellectual Property Award.

2018 Exemplary Faculty Mentors

to Emily Smith and William Jenks for being recognized by the Provost's Office as 2018 Exemplary Faculty Mentors!

Promotion to Senior Lecturer

Congratulations to Cristina Bonaccorsi on her promotion to Senior Lecturer!

Article picked up by Chemical & Engineering News

A recent paper by Beatrice Berzina and Prof. Robbyn Anand got picked up by C&E News. 

An unexpected passion

Graduating senior Grace Lutovsky,  found an unexpected passion in research. Since her junior year she has been actively researching with Levi Stanley, assistant professor in chemistry. One of their projects included working on a reaction to change the composition of a steroid, which could potentially lead to a new class of drug molecules. Now she’s headed to graduate school to pursue chemistry research and has received an honorable mention for a graduate research fellowship from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Distinguished Professor of Chemistry

A formal university announcement will come out this fall, but a congratulations goes out now to Theresa Windus on being named a Distinguished Professor. This will make three Distinguished Professors for the Department of Chemistry along with Mark Gordon (1998) and Pat Thiel (2002).

A Distinguished Professor above all else must have accomplishments in research, and/or creative activities that have had a significant impact on, or improved the quality of, their discipline. In addition a Distinguished Professor must have demonstrated outstanding performance in at least one other area of faculty responsibility: (1) teaching and advising, (2) extension/professional practice, or (3) institutional service.

Congratulations (Distinguished) Professor Windus on this recognition.

Congratulations to Aaron Rossini

...for being named as recipient of the ISU Award for Early Achievement in Research.

Congratulations to Jacob Petrich

...for being named the 2018 recipient of the Regents Award for Faculty Excellence.

Congratulations to Javier Vela

...on receiving the Cassling Innovation Award for 2018-2019 from the College of LAS.

New discovery may change MRI technology

Imagine getting an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan, but instead of lying on a table that slides into the noisy tunnel of a large machine and waiting for the image to be collected, a simple hand-held device scans the area of concern. Such a scenario may one day be a reality thanks to collaborative research by Wenyu Huang.

Honorable Mention for the 2018 Zaffarano Prize

Congratulations to Kevin Clark!  Clark has been selected as Honorable Mention for the 2018 Zaffarano Prize for excellent graduate research at Iowa State University.  This award is given annually to recognize graduate students for superior performance in publishable research.  Clark will be presented with a certificate during a ceremony at the Sigma Xi banquet in April, and a cash award.


Dueñas to Receive an ACS Graduate Fellowship

Maria Dueñas, Lee Group, has been awarded a Graduate Fellowship from the ACS Analytical division set to start this summer